Charter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Together with Scholarly Commentaries and Essential Historical Documents Ian Shapiro, Adam Tooze

Basic Documents in World Politics
Publication date:
24 Jul 2018
Yale University Press
376 pages: 210 x 140 x 20mm

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The most powerful military alliance in history, NATO shaped the geopolitical contours of the Cold War and continues to structure the contemporary international system. The NATO agreement is reprinted here with speeches and essential historical documents concerning the alliance’s founding and subsequent evolution. Accompanying essays by major scholars discuss debates about NATO’s evolving governance, its role in nuclear politics, and its appropriate mission during and since the Cold War.

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Adam Tooze is Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of the European Institute.

“There are not very many books that focus on NATO directly, and more attention to the organization’s formal charter and its practical effects is welcome. This book’s ambitions to be both historical and contemporary, and both textual and practical, are distinctive and terrific.”—Ian Hurd, Northwestern University

"Ian Shapiro and Adam Tooze could not have produced a more timely or fitting book.  NATO, arguably the longest alliance of predominant political and military power in international history, has been undergoing a prolonged identity crisis.  By assembling the essential primary documents and a thoughtful set of diverse expert commentary, the editors shine a bright light on past controversies and identify the immense challenges NATO faces today."—Michael Doyle, author of The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect, and University Professor, Columbia University

"The NATO Charter is an outstanding primer on that longstanding and formidable alliance. It not only contains many of the key documents that underpin NATO, but also includes a host of fine essays that discuss its history and its future."—John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago

"For almost seventy years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been a fixture of the international security environment. Today, as questions about NATO's continued relevance mount, Shapiro and Tooze offer a carefully curated selection of documents and essays that will prove mandatory reading for anyone interested in studying the alliance's past or thinking seriously about its future."—Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University